紐約 – 蘇富比2016年秋季亞洲藝術週圓滿落幕，錄得逾6,350萬美元交易總額，各場拍賣會所得成交額皆超越拍前最高估價。領銜登場之「藝海觀濤：坂本五郎珍藏中國藝術 – 高古」拍賣敲下「白手套」佳績，領跑中國藝術品板塊拍賣。而後舉行的「中國藝術珍品」拍賣以12,246,850美元成交總額收官，其中，一盞《大清乾隆年製》款粉彩描金松石綠地開光惠山煮泉觀卷圖禦製詩茶壺艷惊四座，以超越6倍拍前最高估價易手，獲得滿堂喝彩。此前，倍受關注的「羅伊與瑪麗蓮·派普夫婦珍藏中國繪畫」夜拍於週三開幕，會場氣氛熱烈，座無虛席，在經歷長達四個半小時的緊張競標後，專場拍品幾乎全數拍出，成交總額更高達32,245,375美元，其中王翬等禦製《康熙南巡圖第六卷部分：從奔牛鎮經大運河至常州府》無疑為專拍焦點所在，以955萬美元高價成交，創下藝術家作品世界拍賣紀錄。匯聚世界各地私人收藏之「中國書畫」於週四登場，再續書畫「饕宴」，獲得13,375,250美元拍賣總額。是次亞洲藝術週以 「蘇富比週末拍場：亞洲藝術」壓軸，呈獻琳瑯滿目藝術品，種類繁多，所涉領域甚廣，價位各適其適，本屆週末拍場的成交總額3,155,315美元。
Sourced from around the world, Classical Chinese Paintings that are both rare to market and outstanding in quality abound during Asia Week. Important classical pieces like an album by Zhang Ruitu that contains portraits of the Eighteen Arhats paired with Tang dynasty poems are joined by modern paintings and calligraphy such as Fu Baishi’s hanging scroll landscape Appreciating the Waterfall. Superb works from The Roy and Marilyn Papp Collection of Chinese Paintings, numbering more than 120 lots offered, reflect over two decades of visionary collecting. Click ahead to see just a few of the highlights of Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy that will come to auction during Asia Week. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
There was a point in history before printing when calligraphy played a huge role in daily communication. A handwritten letter not only could touch people in a memorable way but was also the primary method for business and administrative correspondence. In the modern digital age, the typed-and-printed page has succeeded good calligraphy as the new rule of etiquette. Calligraphy nevertheless continues to thrive as an art that informs the eye of designers and connoisseurs. A good page of Chinese calligraphy is not hard to learn to recognise. A few elements of style can be clarified with examples found in our upcoming 15 September auction.
NEW YORK – Accumulated over two decades with singular vision, the Papp Collection brings together a great variety of subject matters and an array of outstanding artworks that share an enduring appeal, transcending cultures and ages. The star lot of the collection is a highly important oversized handscroll by the acclaimed landscapist Wang Hui. The Papp Collection is united by a set of six principles established by the 6th century artist and critic Xie He. Artworks were selected for their vital spirit, brushstroke integrity, proper representation of objects, well-executed coloration, thoughtful composition and transmission of traditional techniques and sentiments. As a whole, this distinguished collection demonstrates a feat of strength in western connoisseurship, weaving together a fascinating contemporary interpretation of Xie He’s principles. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Hong Kong – 2016 has been a remarkable year for Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with a 22% increase in sale totals over the same period last year. Bidders throughout Asia and around the world competed vigorously for works entrusted to Sotheby’s for sale, driving exceptional results across collecting categories. This season’s success was driven by notable collections and themed sales from collectors around the globe, curated by our team of talented specialists. These special sales not only added an air of anticipation and excitement to the season, but also produced superior results.